Employee Engagement six ideas that may surprise you – Stephen Pace of SJS Solutions looks at how increasing employee perceptions and allowing them to buy in to your company can be creative, fun and surprising.
1. Celebrate People
When employees feel valued, they’re motivated to do their jobs better and more likely to be engaged. Knowing how important it is to recognize employees for a job well done is key. However recognising the person instead of the job is vital – acknowledging who your people are and embracing important aspects outside of work, such as birthdays, can play a pivotal role in engagement.
2. Jumpstart Engagement
Work place perceptions start from day 1 — it’s important to start employee engagement as soon as possible. Using a buddy system where a colleague from another department helps them settle in gives them the chance to get to know colleagues from across the business and can act as a confidant for questions a new employee may be afraid to ask.
3. Love Your People
Posting employee photos might seem like a small gesture, but it’s a gesture that makes employees feel included, appreciated, and valued. Have some fun with it and schedule individual, team, or all-company photo shoots. Post the happenings on your social media and Visual Communications Software.
4. Be Social
Another surprising, yet effective method to increase employee engagement is socializing outside of work. Spending time together in a relaxed setting can lead to more effective communication, better teamwork, and increased job satisfaction.
5. Create a Unique Office Environment
Each company is unique and each working environment depends on the nature of and culture of your company. Employees spend a long time each day in work so make the workspace as engaging as possible so they enjoy spending time at work.
6. Ask Employees what they think
Collecting employee feedback is an effective way to target any employee or organisational issues. Smaller, low-key decisions, which allow employees to voice their opinions such as how to decorate the office or what information to display on your wallboards, show your employees that you respect them.